PM Modi’s Will Address The Nation On COVID-19 Outbreak
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the coronavirus outbreak and the steps taken to combat its further spread during his address to the nation at 8 pm today. He took the decision after chairing a high-level meeting to review the efforts to contain COVID-19.
PM Modi’s address to the nation
India has over 150 coronavirus cases and three deaths – Delhi, Mumbai and Karnataka. The government has decided to spread awareness about the issue and sensitize the people.
Result of the meeting
The participants discussed ways to strengthen the preparedness to battle the outbreak. It also included increasing the testing facilities. The government is seriously considering involving private laboratories in its efforts. The Health Ministry said that the situation was evolving and that the government was ready for every eventuality.
Indian Council for Medical Research (ICRM) is the nodal agency responsible for monitoring the preparedness for battling COVID-19. It has been directed to look for ways to involve private laboratories for boosting testing facilities.
Also, the government is trying to spread awareness in public and educate them about advantages social distancing in fighting with coronavirus. It is the only way of breaking the viral chain of transmission.
Steps taken to strengthen the preparedness
Various state governments have cancelled big ticket events including IPL; shut educational institutions, malls and multiplexes and banned big gatherings to initiate social distancing. The central government has shut down all national parks, museums and monuments. Private companies have allowed their employees to work from home to maintain social distance.